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The man with the library in his backyard

October 1, 2020 in Uncategorized

John Nicholson lived in Lavender Hill, a rather poor suburb on the Cape Flats.

He lost his job at a furniture factory when the owners disappeared without paying their staff, so he took on freelance upholstery jobs.

Gail and John

John was a devout Christian and the need of the kids in his area bugged him. Alchohol abuse is rampant in their area; other forms of abuse too.

John and his wife Gail provided a safe space for kids in need. They began feeding the kids as well.

The project became a regular soup kitchen.

But, said John, what is the use of a full stomach when the head remains empty? So, in order to fill the minds, he began collecting books and started a library in his backyard.

In 2016 he was given an award by the ATKV for his work.

John with the award in his hand

John passed away yesterday. It was a privilege to have known him.

Do read ths lovely article by Mandilakhe Tshwete in The Daily Voice.


Vir ‘n baie deegliker bespreking oor John in Afrikaans, ook ‘n video waarin hy praat, klik hier vir die huldeblyk wat ek op LitNet geskryf het.